ABOUT THE PARK
The area encompassing Robert E Lee Memorial Park was part of an 18th century land grant from Lord Baltimore to several Maryland families. Lake Roland, now the centerpiece of the Park, was formed much later, in the 1850’s, as a reservoir for the City of Baltimore. It was not until the 1940’s that the land surrounding the lake was consolidated to form the Robert E Lee Memorial Park, with its 450 acres of woodland, wetlands, serpentine barrens, rare plants and rocky plateaus. In 1992, most of the Park was declared a National Historic District – the Lake Roland Historic District – in recognition of its many historic elements, including the Greek Revival pump house, the dam and structures from the Susquehanna & Baltimore Railroad (later, the Northern Central Railroad).
Oversight of the Park passed from Baltimore City to Baltimore County in 2009, and with the help of grant funds from both the State and County, significant improvements have been possible. The bridge leading into the Park has been replaced; there is now pedestrian access from the nearby MTA parking lot; the shoreline along the peninsula has been strengthened; and a 1-acre off-leash dog park (Paw Point) has been constructed. The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks also provides on-site staff from sunrise to sunset throughout the year.
On Friday, October 14th, at 11:30 AM, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz formally reopened the Park to the public.